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5 Kitchen Tools You Take For Granted


While no one’s going to cry if you lose your melon baller, there are some single-use tools that will actually make a difference in the kitchen. They’re easy to leave out, since they only do that one thing, but nothing comes close to that convenience when you need them. Take a look at these five utensils you take for granted before you find yourself up a creek without a can opener. Speaking of…


Can Opener


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What good is a can opener? Well, when you consider that the alternative is smashing it open with a rock, pretty darn good. Aside from opposable thumbs, can openers are the only thing that separates us from wild animals. Either use them both, or accept your feral life among the woodland creatures.


Pizza Cutter


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After a long day of moving with your friends, your only means of paying them back is your cheap and trusty friend pizza. But now you’re faced with the prospect of asking your friends to risk burning themselves by tearing apart a piping hot pizza. E tu, pizza?


Lemon/Lime Juicer


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Yeah, you can squeeze a lime or lemon with your bare hands, but you risk making a mess or shooting citric acid straight into your eye. Either pack goggles or bring along this handy squeezer, which will give you more control as you add flavor to everything you cook.




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Pasta is another cheap and easy dish, and you can probably make enough to feed all your buddies for under 10 bucks. But without a colander, you’re simply tempting fate, my friend. If you leave this handy strainer behind, you’ll either be scalding yourself for forgetting it, or just plain scalding yourself.


Wine Bottle Opener


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This is the first level of hell. You’re already out of meal ideas, and now you can’t even open a bottle of wine to help melt that stress away. You try that trick with your shoes, but it just won’t work. Too bad Domino’s doesn’t deliver pinot grigio.


The Pizza Ax is a Real Thing, and You’ll Look Like an Italian Lumberjack if You Get One

Pizza Axe


You’re on a date and she makes you a homemade, deep dish pizza (what a keeper, right?). All she asks is that you handle the cutting while she pours the wine. Anyone can slice a thin crust pizza. All you really need is a decent chopping knife if you don’t have own a pizza cutter. For those thick crusted beauties, however, you’re gonna need something more, lest you look like a chump.

Enter Pizza Ax. Created by Decor Craft Inc., this novelty pizza cutter should do the trick for anyone needing a heavy duty cutter. Needless to say, you’ll look tough doing so.

DCI Ax Pizza Cutter $13 @ Amazon

H/T Gizmodo


Star Trek Enterprise Pizza Cutter

Trekkies, rejoice! The days of cutting pizza with your boring old knife are over, you now have an officially licensed Star Trek collectable to do accomplish such tedious tasks. This Star Trek Enterprise Pizza Cutter comes int he form of the famous NCC-1701 Enterprise ship from the original Star Trek series. Complete with a laser etched stainless steel blade with solid zinc-alloy chromium plated body. The blade measures 4 inches in diameter, with a total product length, including the blade, of 8.5 inches. The cutter weighs 277 grams and is hand wash only. Eat on! ($24.99 @ ThinkGeek)